Life and sacrifice of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, an inspiration

India is paying tributes to Shaheed Bhagat Singh on his 115th birth anniversary. Born on September 28, 1907, Bhagat Singh is regarded as an inspiration. The name of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, Lala Har Dayal, Khudi Ram Bose, Matangini Hazra, Pritilata Waddedar, Shanti Shuniti, Ashfaqullah Khan, Ram Prasad Bismil, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and many more are enough to churn not just our emotions but the blood flowing in our veins.

Like all freedom fighters, Bhagat Singh too was a normal young man in Punjab who since childhood, used to get turned-on by the emotions of motherland and hated the way the British behalved with Indians. He was a rebellion within and felt the anger brewing inside him.

His life took a new turn when the British police had brutally charged lathi on Lala Lajpat Rai, following which the veteran freedom fighter had succumbed to his injuries. Bhagat Singh along with Rajguru, Sukhdev decided to take revenge and plotted to kill the police p officer responsible but by mistake he had killed JP Saunders. He fled Lahore. The all three were sentenced to death in the Lahore conspiracy case and ordered to be hanged on 24 March 1931. The schedule was moved forward by 11 hours and the three were hanged on 23 March 1931 at 7:30 pm.

Bhagat Singh refused to apologise, or even file an appeal. Bhagat Singh was not a devotee of non-violence. In his last letter, Bhagat Singh wrote, “I have been arrested while waging a war. For me there can be no gallows. Put me into the mouth of a cannon and blow me off.” Needless to mention such great men are the pride of India and its because of these people, India gained freedom. Bhagat Singh had refused to accept the path of non-violence as he felt only violence could make India free.

Freedom struggle of India has seen numerous freedom fighters who did not hesitate to sacrifice their lives, they did not think of their career, family or future. This why we bow our heads in respect . Indeed they deserve the salutations, not just on special days but on all days. These people deserve much more than what they get but such emotions should come from within and people should be grateful to them for their sacrifices.

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